CALEDONIA — The identity of the man found dead Monday morning along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Caledonia has been released by police.
The man was identified as 58-year-old Christopher Crowell of Caledonia, according to a Caledonia Police Department news release issued Tuesday.
According to the release, at 9:21 a.m. Monday, police responded to the 700 block of Waters Edge Road, north of the Siena Center grounds, for a report of a missing adult.
Sometime between 10:45 p.m. Sunday and 5 a.m. Monday, Crowell left his nearby home and was reportedly walking on a pathway where he would normally walk next to the lake. Crowell apparently fell off an icy bluff near the pathway into the lake, police said.
Police said a family member of the man had contacted an off-duty police officer from another jurisdiction, who later located the missing man’s body along the shoreline Monday morning.
Recovery of the man’s body was difficult due to the icy conditions surrounding the lake bluff, police said. Caledonia firefighters were assisted by personnel from various village departments in recovering the body. The Racine County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team was called to respond to the scene shortly before 10 a.m. Monday, but a short time later the request for divers was canceled.
On Tuesday, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy on Crowell, police said. Preliminary results indicate Crowell’s death is not considered suspicious and was likely due to hypothermia caused by cold water immersion.